Farewell To Braveheart : Group Captain Varun Singh Cremated With Full Military Honours

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The mortal remains of Group Captain Varun Singh, who succumbed to his injuries after surviving last week’s helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu, were consigned to flames with full military and state honours in Bhopal on Friday.

As per PTI report, Wrapped in a tricolour, the mortal remains were brought to the cremation ground in Bairagarh area here from the Military Hospital here in a flower-bedecked Army truck with people raising slogans of ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ and ‘Group Captain Varun Singh amar rahe’.

As the mortal remains reached the cremation ground, a ceremonial guard of honour was given by the defence forces personnel, after which the senior services officers paid their tributes by laying floral wreaths on the coffin of the Group Captain. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Medical Education Minister Vishvas Sarang also paid their tributes to the decorated air warrior.

After the rituals were performed by a priest and the family members, his younger brother, a Lieutenant Commander in the Indian Navy, and his son lit the funeral pyre amid the slogans of ‘Group Captain Varun Singh amar rahe’ raised by the people.

Singh’s wife and daughter, his father Colonel K P Singh (retd), mother Uma besides, other close relatives were also present there and bid a teary-eyed farewell to him. Group Captain Varun Singh died at a military hospital in Bengaluru on Wednesday after surviving December 8 helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu that killed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 armed forces personnel.

Several leaders tweeted their tributes :

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister

Rahul Gandhi, former Congress preident

Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP

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